Tom Cruise Photos: J.J. Abrams

Check out the exclusive, black-and-white photos of Tom Cruise with the directors and filmmakers he’s worked with over his career that were added to Today, we look focus on the talented writer, director and producer of major Hollywood hits, J.J. Abrams.

In college, Abrams wrote a film treatment with a friend that was bought by Touchstone Pictures, launching his entertainment career. After collaborating with Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay on ‘Armageddon,’ he started working in television, creating the show “Felicity” with Matt Reeves. Abrams then founded his own production company, Bad Robot, and created and produced “Alias,” which starred Jennifer Garner, and the Emmy-award winning “Lost.” He made his directorial debut with Mission: Impossible III,’ and so far has gone on to direct the monster movie ‘Cloverfield’ and ‘Star Trek,’ a reboot of the film franchise.

Originally, David Fincher (‘Fight Club’) was slated to direct MI:3, but pulled out to work on another film. So how was Abrams hired? An impressed Cruise watched a marathon of “Alias” episodes and asked him to direct.

Find out where Mission: Impossible III was filmed, or watch a video clip from the movie at the Tom Cruise timeline. And while you’re at it, check out who they’re hiring to write MI:4!

Mysterious, Possibly Time-Bending Film Facts:
J.J. Abrams is known for working with the same individuals on various projects. Michael Giacchino, for example, scores the music on Abrams’ TV show “Lost” and was the composer for MI:3. Likewise, J.J. chose Keri Russell for a role in the film, having previously worked with her on the TV show “Felicity.”

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